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Gabrielle Union’s LA Times Op-Ed on Nate Parker’s Alleged Rape Pulls No Punches

Here is how Gabrielle Union started her op-ed for the Los Angeles Times today:

Twenty-four years ago I was raped at gunpoint in the cold, dark backroom of the Payless shoe store where I was then working. Two years ago I signed on to a brilliant script called “The Birth of a Nation,” to play a woman who was raped. One month ago I was sent a story about Nate Parker, the very talented writer, director and star of this film. Seventeen years ago Nate Parker was accused and acquitted of sexual assault. Four years ago the woman who accused him committed suicide.

It’s a lot to take in, but it’s important that Union is putting it all out there. A response has been anxiously awaited since the allegations against Parker were dragged into the light.

She explained that she is proud of the movie, which has been getting a lot of Oscar buzz and was sold for the biggest amount of money in the history of the Sundance Film Festival, but that she takes the allegations against her co-star very seriously. She claimed to have found herself “in a state of stomach-churning confusion” after learning about the allegations and that she read all 700 pages of the transcript of Parker’s trial.

She argued that education about consent is vital because many perpetrators of sexual assault and violence are not aware that the absence of a “no” is not a “yes.” She said that “the film is an opportunity to inform and educate so that these situations cease to occur on college campuses, in dorm rooms, in fraternities, in apartments or anywhere else young people get together to socialize.”

Read the entire piece here before deciding whether or not to see the movie.

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